[Report from Natchez, Mississippi]

Natches, Jan. 1.

The Steam-Boat built at Pittsburgh, so long expected here, arrived on Monday evening last [Dec. 30] with several passengers, after a very remarkably short passage.  This Boat, it is said, is intended to be a regular packet from this place to New Orleans and will make a trip down and back in from 5 to 7 days.

We have conversed with a gentleman who came passenger in the Steamboat lately arrived here and are informed that the Earthquake, shocks of which were felt here a week or two since, has done great injury to the settlements on the Ohio and Mississippi, by throwing down houses, chimneys, etc. and in one or two instances islands in the Mississippi, of considerable magnitude, had been sunk or destroyed.  That the river on both sides fell into a prodigious extent and at one place about 300 acres caved in of a solid body.  He also informs that the western side of the river was the most affected—and that the shocks lasted about twelve days, with intervals of fifteen or twenty minutes.

Made possible by the Rivers Institute and the
History Department of Hanover College.


How to cite this article:  Untitled [report from Natchez, Mississippi], Liberty Hall (Cincinnati, Ohio), 12 Feb. 1812, p. 3, available at http://history.hanover.edu/texts/1811.